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Keynote Speakers

We have four amazing keynote speakers sharing their stories with us – read about them below!

Sarah Precious

Sarah Precious

Sarah Precious is the Manager of Engagement and Communications for the Greater Hamilton Health Network, an Ontario Health Team, serving urban and rural populations in Hamilton, Haldimand and Niagara Northwest in Canada.  She teaches part time at McMaster University in the Sustain program, providing experiential learning focussed on environmental sustainability to students from all faculties.

Sarah has spent close to two decades serving in the areas of child and youth mental health, health leadership, and education.  She brings both academic and theoretical knowledge, but most importantly a passion and dedication to the engagement of people with lived and living experience to co-design programs, services and systems to transform healthcare.

Sarah’s experience is grounded in a Masters of Leadership and Community Engagement and she is a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers as a Registered Social Service Worker.

Sarah is married to her best friend, Mike, and they have two kind-hearted children, Olivia and Liam residing in rural Ontario with their two dogs.

Jehan Casinader

Jehan Casinader



“Bring your whole self to work”. We often hear these words – but what do they mean? Some of us struggle with self-doubt or imposter syndrome. Some of us are reluctant to be vulnerable, because we’re afraid of how others will respond. In this session, award-winning journalist Jehan Casinader will explain how each of us can find our unique voice – and help our colleagues and whānau to do the same.

Jehan will share his remarkable journey from growing up in a migrant family in Lower Hutt, to winning “Reporter of the Year” at the New Zealand Television Awards. He will offer a fresh, empowering perspective on how we can amplify the unheard voices in our communities and foster a culture of belonging.



Jehan Casinader is a journalist, keynote speaker and mental health advocate. He was named “Broadcast Reporter of the Year” at the Voyager Media Awards in 2020, and “Reporter of the Year” at the New Zealand Television Awards in 2018. In the aftermath of natural disasters, terror attacks, sporting triumphs and everything in between, Jehan has helped hundreds of Kiwis to share their vulnerable, deeply personal stories with the rest of the country.

A survivor of depression and suicidality, he is the author of This Is Not How It Ends: How rewriting your story can save your life (HarperCollins). Now, Jehan helps individuals and organisations to unleash the power of storytelling. He is a respected voice in the areas of wellbeing, leadership and diversity.

Megan Lynch

Megan Lynch

Megan Lynch is a Masters-educated nurse and health care manager with 18 years’ experience working in large urban center. Employed by a large regional public health unit and provincial health organization, she has worked as front-line staff, researcher, health promoter, and currently a manager. Skilled in health policy, program implementation and evaluation, health promotion and prevention, epidemiology, leading teams, and project management while applying an evidenced- based lens. Megan is a Registered Nurse with the College of Nurse of Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from McMaster University and Master of Education from Brock University.


Megan is passionate about health and our health care system. She has participated in

  • Co-design and implementation of health care services for priority populations including development of scope, goals, objectives, project charters, work plans, project schedules, cost estimates and budgets
  • Development, implementation, and evaluation of a department policy and procedure that was adapted and implemented throughout the province.
  • Reports and presentations to Board of Health and other senior leadership teams locally and provincially for funding and approval
  • Training of over 1500 health care and community services providers from a variety of organizations including acute care, primary care, community care, and post-secondary and direct service deliver to individuals and groups
  • Presenter at hospital and primary care grand rounds, webinars, radio and television interviews, provincial and national conferences as well as team meetings and webinars.

Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia Cheuy

Sylvia Cheuy is the Consulting Director of Collaboration and Collective Impact with the Tamarack Institute’s Learning Centre.  She has spent more than 20 years as a changemaker and champions of multi-sector, citizen-led change efforts. She has both practical knowledge and first-hand experience in community and systems change using the framework of Collective Impact. She believes that residents are the single greatest untapped resource and that communities are strengthened when community groups, sector and organizational leaders innovate together to generate creative solutions to their most pressing issues.


Sylvia has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto and completed her Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo in 2013 where she explored opportunities to create change within regional food systems.  She is the author several articles and papers, including: How Field Catalysts Accelerate Collective Impact, which she co-authored by Liz Weaver, Mark Cabaj, that articulates Tamarack’s approach and 20+ year role as a Field Catalyst and  A Citizen-Led Approach to Enhancing Community Well-Being which profiles the development of the first Headwaters Community Well-Being Report.

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